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Fiji: Parliament enacts Cybercrime Act 2021

The Parliament of the Republic of Fiji enacted, on 12 February 2021, the Cybercrime Act which was first introduced by the Government in February 2020. In particular, the Act regulates offences against the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer data and computer systems, as well as other computer-related and content-related offences. Furthermore, the Act allows law enforcement officials to seize relevant equipment, issue preservation orders, collect real-time traffic data, and intercept content data, if authorised by a judge and provided that the privacy of third parties is maintained.

In addition, the Act provides for cooperation with foreign governments and cross-border access to stored computer data. Notably, the Act also empowers the Minister for Communications to issue regulations prescribing penalties not exceeding FJD 50,000 (approx. €20,320) for an individual and FJD 200,000 (approx. €81,260) for legal entities.

Finally, the Act will come into force on the date(s) appointed by the Minister for Communications by notice in the Gazette.

You can read the Act here.